seem at times unsteady & fickle; by
some means they were not plea-
sed, & the interpreter disordered with strong drink; these circumstan-
ces were very trying; But we informed them we were willing to have another
meeting, which was proposed for religious worship in the afternoon.
This happened to be more trying still; for the Intepreter was so drun-
ken & poor a creature, I had but little freedom to speak by him, if suit-
able matter had opened; so that my Sorrow was increased on seeing so
much drunkenness among Indians. -- From hence we returned to
be a chief of some consequence & reputation, & his wife a well behaved
woman so far as I saw. The Oneidas
the largest of those Nations, are computed six hundred in number.
The Land they hold, called 150 thousand Acres, & their income from
government yearly, five thousand dollars.
The committee having goods to distribute among the Indians, the
business was finished this morning at Stockbridge
ing to take leave; we had a favoured opportunity with them, wherein
greater tenderness appear'd, than in any other Season since we came to
visit them. --- We then went to the Place where three friends
propose staying a while among the Oneidas
whom we had a solid parting season: after this, as many Indians
were come together near our departure from the Place, My desire